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The Athletics Enter The Quarter Pole At .500: Its Better Than It Looks

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Tuesday May.14/2013

Cespedes has struggled this year - hitting for a 3 Slash Line of .212/.283/.748.  However the team always better when he is in the lineup.  They were 4 - 10 with the big fella out of the Lineup.  Cespedes left last nights game with an illness - after cracking his 7th HR.

Cespedes has struggled this year – hitting for a 3 Slash Line of .212/.283/.748. However the team always better when he is in the lineup. They were 4 – 10 with the big fella out of the Lineup. Cespedes left last nights game with an illness – after cracking his 7th HR.  With the longball Monday night, Cespedes now has hit 31 HRs and driven in 101 RBI in his 1st 155 Games and 586 At-Bats.  Billy Beane signed him as  a Free Agent last winter – prior to the 2012 year.  He finished 2nd in Rookie Of The Year Voting and 10th in AL MVP Voting.  His salary at 4 YRs/$36 MIL deal looks pretty good right now.  He made $6.5 MIL last year, will make $8.5 MIL this year – and will earn $10,5 MIL for both 2014 and 2015.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

The Athletics will enter game #41 at the record of 20 Wins and 20 Losses.  Last nights win was a sigh of relief for the Oakland club and their fans.

After taking 2 out of 3 versus the New York Yankees in the Bronx last week, they were swept in Cleveland in a 4 game series (including that debauchery of a call by Angel Hernandez on the Adam Rosales Game Tying HR) – before losing two of three to the Seattle Mariners.

The A’s have seen their quick start of 12 -4  turn into a barely .500 season thus far at 20 – 20.

Jed Lowrie was traded for Power Hitting 1B/OF/DH Chris Carter prior to the 2013 season.  He has hit very well - with a .301/.386/.838.  The Infielder has rang up 44 Hits, 13 Doubles and driven in 18 RBI.  He is a key to the overall offensive mindset of the franchise.  Good BA, Good OBP and under Team Control for the next 3 years

Jed Lowrie was traded for Power Hitting 1B/OF/DH Chris Carter prior to the 2013 season. He has hit very well – with a .301/.386/.838. The Infielder has rang up 44 Hits, 13 Doubles and driven in 18 RBI. He is a key to the overall offensive mindset of the franchise. Good BA, Good OBP and under Team Control for the next 3 years.  The man has committed 4 Errors in 30 Games, but his offense abilities outweigh the defense.

Yes the A’s are 6 – 0 versus the Houston Astros this season, that aside, the club has played some of the better clubs in the rest of the American League.

They have played series versus the Orioles, Rays, Tigers, Yankees, Indians, Red Sox and the Mariners are no slouch either.  It is not easy to see them at .500 so far with these teams being the upper tier of the AL for the most part.

In fact, when you consider that Josh Reddick has not hit his weight this campaign, plus has an injured wrist right now, added with Yoenis Cespedes missing 14 games for the club and Coco Crisp 16 games…  All of sudden .500 is not such a bad thing.  The good news is that they have 60 Games left against a weaker AL West.

If they can survive 6 games with the Rangers and 3 versus the Royals in the next 9 – that will really say something.

The Athletics play 4 games versus the Giants at the end of the month – after another series with the struggling Astros.

The Starting Pitching is not seeing the same sort of results as the 2012 year.  Jarrod Parker and Brett Anderson have losing record and plus 6 ERA’s.  Tommy Milone and A.J. Griffin have pitched pretty well – yet are only a combined 7 – 8.  Bartolo Colon is 0 – 2 in his last 3 Starts – with 14 ER in 22 IP.

The Batting has been about what you thought the club would do.  They are still 2nd in the league for Runs – and would probably be leading if it weren’t for those aforementioned injuries.

The Bullpen has been a mixed mailbag too.  The Good:  Jerry Blevins, Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle and Grant Balfour.  The Bad:  Evan Scribner and Chris Resop.

The Athletics started last year 23 – 32, before reeling off one of the best 107 game stretches over the last few seasons – going 71 – 36 to win the AL West.  Are they capable of doing this again..likely not.

One thing you can’t dismiss is the Yoenis Cespedes factor when in the lineup.  The team is 16 – 10 again this year with the big man from Cuba in the middle of the lineup.  Last year, the team was 82 – 47 with the man.  You are almost talking about .650 baseball with the guy. Well .632 anyway.

The Athletics are also 5 Games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels, a club that was supposed to challenge for a World Series this year.  The AL East and AL Central will also likely beat each other up in their Divisional play.

It is incumbent on this young team to keep playing great baseball within the Division.  Win as many games as you can against the Astros.  If they can secure 9 more wins in 12 games versus them, it could give the team a 6 game advantage on .500.

This team is still deep with talent that can HR and Walk.  The magic is still there to go on a run at any time.

The Oakland Athletics are in the top 10 for wins in the last decade.  This is way past the Moneyball ERA.  Billy Beane and his organization should be commended for the job they have done.  They should also thank their lucky stars that the Angels are struggling, the Mariners have been brutal for a decade, the Astros moved into their Division - and  they have played great versus the Texas Rangers over he last handful of games spanning late 2012 and last night.

The Oakland Athletics are in the top 10 for wins in the last decade. This is way past the Moneyball ERA. Billy Beane and his organization should be commended for the job they have done. They should also thank their lucky stars that the Angels are struggling, the Mariners have been brutal for a decade, the Astros moved into their Division this year – and they have played great versus the Texas Rangers over the last handful of games – spanning late 2012 and last night.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

Chuck Booth – Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner and author of the Fastest 30 Ballgames:   To learn more about my  “The Fastest 30 Ballgames Book” and how to purchase it, click here .

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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